& Post-Vacation Reading

I’M BAAAAACK!

Hello! You know, I truly did miss this place. I even went so far as to write two whole reviews on the books I read over vacation on vacation (!!). That’s dedication, my friends. I didn’t get to all the books on my reading list (and it will be months until I get through House of Leaves. That thing is DENSE), and I substituted one or two, but reviews are forthcoming….soon….ish. Definitely by next Monday.

Seeing as I’ve been back for an entire week, seven whole days, and my suitcase is still unpacked in the middle of my bedroom….it’s safe to say I’m a little behind on things.

Plus I’ve rediscovered The Sims. All extra time = WASTED. But I’ve built a lot of mansions.

So! Reviews on some vacation reading forthcoming, but there are a few books that I thought I’d share about wanting to read RIGHT NOW, just ALL AT ONCE, to see how great/terrible they are due to their hype.

California by Edan Lepucki

California by Edan Lepucki

California by Edan Lepucki has been plastered all over my Facebook newsfeed because a local bookstore had a big hand in the preorder/presale of the book, and it was mentioned on The Colbert Report as part of the whole Amazon debacle/discussion. And it sounds really awesome. It’s dystopian, it’s adventure, it’s a completely normal person thrust into an impossible situation. Los Angeles is no more, and a couple are trying to survive in a shack in the wilderness, attempting to live a life that’s even a fraction as comfortable as their old situation. I’ve read the first few pages in an ebook sample, and Frida suspects she’s pregnant in the first couple of pages. Uh-oh! Sounds very Walking Dead if you ask me (love that show…).

 

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

You want your breakout novel to be a success? Get Emma Watson to play your main character in the movie of it.

You want your breakout novel to be a success? Get Emma Watson to play your main character in the movie of it.

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen has an ENORMOUS amount of buzz surrounding it. You can hardly see the book for the fog of buzz around this thing. That’s mostly because (well, at least I’ve heard of it because) it’s already being made into a movie. And a little known actress named Emma Watson is playing the protagonist. No big deal. A nineteen year old girl, in hiding all her life, is pulled from her foster parents to travel to her kingdom and rule as queen. But, of course, many people want to kill her, including her uncle. Her mother, the previous queen, isn’t as virtuous as she’s built her up in her head to be. Plus, you know, a magical witch lady is in shaky alliance with the kingdom. For some reason, I kept thinking it was a YA title. The synopsis maybe? The cover? But nope, it’s in the adult sci-fi/fantasy section.

thesilenthistory

The Silent History has not one, not two, but three authors: Eli Horowitz, Matthew Derby, and Kevin Moffett. This would be weird, and I would be concerned, but the concept of this novel is very World War Z: case studies and interviews of an epidemic sweeping the country. This means the different voices and styles between authors might help rather than hinder a cohesive story: every case study/interviewee gets their own voice. Instead of a scourge of the undead, a generation of children are born without speech. It gets concerning, then alarming, then cause for ostracism, violence, even deification. Very intriguing. I want to see where the authors take it.

 

Whew! So while I agonize over what to read next, and try desperately to stop playing The Sims, here are a few pictures from my wonderful vacation (you know, as a justification of my absence…)

Lampposts along the boardwalk in Halifaz, Nova Scotia

Lampposts along the boardwalk in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Faneuil Hall, Boston, Massachusetts

Faneuil Hall, Boston, Massachusetts

Harbor in Baddeck, Nova Scotia

Harbor in Baddeck, Nova Scotia

The gorgeous views from a vantage point in Acadia National Park (Bar Harbor, Maine)

The gorgeous views from a vantage point in Acadia National Park (Bar Harbor, Maine)

One of my favorite things about the trip was the incredible architecture everywhere! Houses, business, government buildings, etc.

One of my favorite things about the trip was the incredible architecture everywhere! Houses, business, government buildings, etc.

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& Vacation Reading: See you later!

Hello all! And goodbye, because
I’M GOING ON VACATION!!

I’ll be out of town for two weeks, visiting a special someone in the Southern United States, then heading wayyyy north for a cruise with the rest of my family.

If you are about to swoon prematurely, for your lack of scintillating book reviews from yours-truly (is scintillating the word I want? Sounds scandalous!), do not fear. Prop yourself up on that fainting couch. Because I have stuff planned and prepared! I’ve scheduled posts to go up in my absence. Per my posting settings (and because I’m not 100% sure how to turn it off), a Twitter update (a “tweet,” if you will, although why did they settle for a bird motif for that website? It’s not unpleasant, it’s just weird…) will go out with each update. Of course, for those of you lucky/amazing/awesome/splendiferous followers, you’ll get an e-mail when each one goes out!

I hope you enjoy everything while I’m gone! And I hope all of you get to relax this summer, maybe go somewhere, spend time with the ones you love 🙂

I have also loaded up my handy e-Reader with books to consume while I’m gone. I have (so far) selected the following, and I’m stoked!

annihilation theislanders theloveaffairsofnathanielp thevacationers

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
The Islanders by Christopher Priest
The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle (Dazeem! Sorry! I HAD to!!) Waldman
The Vacationers by Emma Straub

First of all, look how similar those titles are. And how beachy. Three of them start with “the,” we have the “vacationers,” the “islanders,” and then….ANNIHILATION. Which also takes place on an island, so…

I will also bring along the huge tome that is House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. It’s a book a friend of mine keeps shoving in my face. So I might as well start it 🙂 It seems intriguing and right up my alley: creepy and just a little odd. I mean, look at my Favorites link (^^!), most of those I’ve described as “creepy!” Which is weird, because I’m the world’s hugest Wimp. With a capital “W.”

Anyway, I’ll see you all later! Look forward to those reviews!